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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: the authorities in catalonia say 90% of those who voted backed independence from spain, after a day of violent clashes with police. police in canada arrest a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in edmonton, alberta. two women charged with killing the estranged half—brother of the north korean leader go on trial in malaysia. the uk's fifth largest airline, monarch, fights for its future in the holiday business after worries about its finances. hello. welcome to the programme. after a day of voting that descended into chaos and violence, regional leaders in catalonia say
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90% of those who voted in a referendum were in favour of independence from spain. more than 800 people are reported to have been injured after violence at many polling stations. the prime minister, mariano rajoy, said the poll was illegal and that most people in catalonia did not want independence. from barcelona, tom burridge reports. this is how a vote turned ugly. spanish national police moving in to disrupt an independence referendum in catalonia, which spain's government considers illegal. people kicked and thrown. women literally pulled by their hair out of polling stations. across barcelona, violent police raids to grab ballot boxes.
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hundreds injured when they went to vote. one of the policemen take him from the head, take out the glasses and then he started to kick my dad here. the first one was here. he kicked here. they are mad, i don't know, they are crazy. "i am 79," maria—teresa told me, "i just wanted to vote in peace." but it wasn'tjust in barcelona. this was the scene to the north in gerona. watch the blonde woman in the middle. after clearing people from the entrance to the polling station, they smashed their way in. other officers from spain's national force fought with local catalan firemen. some of catalonia's own regional police on the side of voters. emotions running high. with some in barcelona supporting
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spain's government today, spain's prime minister tonight seemed oblivious to the violence carried out by his police. translation: we have been an example to the world for our ability to believe in ourselves and to improve at every moment. but many did vote, savouring a precious moment. but in a neighbourhood near barcelona football club's nou camp, we found spanish police... ..surrounding a polling station — local people surrounding them. once inside the school, they removed protesters and searched for ballot boxes. beth noda was queueing to vote when they arrived. we don't want to be part of this country that they don't love us. spain doesn't love us. their work done, they left
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to a chorus of anger and disbelief. this is the people facing down the police. these are riot police who have been drafted in from other parts of spain. but their heavy handed tactics today appear to be making deep divisions in this region worse. many catalans did not want today's disputed poll, let alone independence. but spain's now—ruling popular party helped scrap a deal promising more financial autonomy for catalonia. that was seven years ago and the pro—independence camp have pushed the idea that this region would be better off outside of spain ever since. the head of the catalan regional government has suggested the result opened the door to a potential declaration of independence. translation: on this day of hope and suffering, catalonia citizens have earned the right to have an independent state in the form of a republic. hence, my government,
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in the next few days, will send the results of today's vote to the catalan parliament, where the sovereignty of our people lies, so that it can act in accordance with the law of the referendum. the spanish prime minister, mariano rajoy, said people had been tricked into taking part in a banned vote, which was against democratic harmony and defended the response of the authorities. translation: i want you to know that we did what we had to do. we are the spanish government, and i am the leader of the spanish government, and i take my responsibility. we complied with our obligation, we acted by the principles of law, and only the law. and our democracy offers recourse to defend ourselves against attacks as serious as the one they've tried to carry out with this illegal referendum. i've been speaking to
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meritxell puerto—marquez, a student who voted in sunday's referendum. i voted for yes. and, yeah, i went to the polling station at 8am in the morning, but couldn't vote until 1pm. yeah, the thing is that, my dad, along with other people, went to the polling station at 5am in the morning. someone got the keys from the council because we couldn't contact the principal of the school. so, they basically went in there with the keys and stayed there, just in case the police would come and try to, you know, to not allow anyone to come in.
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so theyjust went in, were kind of locked inside and waited until everybody was coming, yeah. yeah, we are looking at pictures that you recorded earlier. just tell me, what was it like dealing with the catalan police, the local police? how were they with you? to be honest, in our polling station, we were pretty lucky. most of the squadra, which are our local catalan police, helped us a lot, to be honest. there were, i think three of them, five at the maximum, they were coming but they were all the time in the same area. they actually told us, "try to not shout when you're inside," especially also at the end when they were counting the votes. they asked that people who were outside the school, like, "come inside or leave but don't stayjust right in front of the school," because the guardia civil, which are the spanish police, if they come, if they see like a big crowd, they are going to go inside. they are going to try. so they actually, yeah,
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advised us and, you know, they didn't say, of course, everything is not ok, but they didn't try to take the boxes. they didn't try any sort of violence. and for the latest on the controversial vote in catalonia including analysis on what's behind it and what might happen next, head to: a 17—year—old girl and a 20—year—old woman have been stabbed to death at a railway station in the south of france, in what is suspected to be an islamist attack.
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soldiers on patrol in the city of marseille shot dead a man in his 20s, who was armed with a knife. so—called islamic state has claimed responsibility for the attack. from paris, hugh schofield reports. it was early afternoon on the esplanade in front of the main railway station in marseille. a man seated on a bench drew out a large knife, rose and attacked two young women. they were aged 17 and 20. both were knifed to death. translation: we were in the train station. i was taking out my ticket and then we heard a woman screaming outside. i particularly remember the women because they were the ones screaming. people were running but no one knew what was going on. a military patrol was in the station, and the three soldiers rushed to the scene. the man turned against them, shouting, "allahu akbar, " at which point they shot him
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and he died shortly after. president macron said in a tweet he was outraged by this "barbarous act," his heart went out to the families and friends of victims, and he saluted soldiers and police who acted with "cool efficiency". police are treating it as a terrorist attack, but there are plenty of question marks about the man and his motivation. translation: the individualwas killed by a soldier this afternoon. it seems this individual had several identities. i don't know any more, and i can't say more than that. french media report that the killer was in his 20s with a police record for petty offences. if so, that fits with a steady pattern of recent attacks in france carried out by individuals who seem to have a deep hatred of french authority aggravated by exposure to islamist ideas. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. canadian police have arrested a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in the city of edmonton. a traffic police officer was hit by a car at high speed and then attacked with a knife.
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the suspect then drove a van and hit at least four pedestrians. he was later arrested after a police chase. earlier i spoke tojonny wakefield, a reporter with the edmontonjournal and the edmonton sun. i asked him what more we know of saturday night's attack. so, this all started at around 8:15pm near a football stadium, where a football match was taking place, canadian football. a uniformed edmonton police officer was working at a barricade that was set up, it was associated with the game, when he was struck by a man driving a white chevy malibu. it hit him, he flew 15 feet and then the attacker proceeded to get out of the car and repeatedly stabbed the officer, who managed to fend him off and actually get to his feet and it appears radio in the call. this man then somehow acuired a uhaul truck,
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which police believe was rented, proceeds to another part of the city, at this point police have found out everywhere, there are checkpoints. a two—man checkpoint stops the uhaul and gets a name that's similar to the registered owner of the car that struck the officer. when he attempts to stop the uhaul driver, he takes off, drives through the main drag of edmonton, hits in totalfour pedestrians before being overturned by a police vehicle. he's then stunned with a stun grenade, a taser, and then pulled out through the shattered windshield of the uhaul and he's now in custody awaiting charges. do we have any more details on his background, this suspect? we know that he is 30 years old. police today confirmed that he is in fact a refugee from somalia. they'd earlier said a claimant, but he's actually a refugee here. it sounds like he is a permanent resident. that is really all we
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know at this point. we know as well, i should say, that in 2015 he was on police radar, essentially for espousing extremist ideologies. we don't really know exactly what he was doing but police basically sort of had their eye on him and then it was determined that there was not enough evidence to continue surveilling him at that point. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: full steam ahead to finland, where you can now explore the sights of helsinki in a sauna on a crane. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing
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out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. throughout the world. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: the authorities in catalonia say 90% of those who voted backed independence from spain after a day of violent clashes with police. police in canada have arrested a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in edmonton, alberta. some breaking news in the past few minutes, the uk's fifth—largest airline, monarch, has gone into administration. it is the largest airline in the uk ever to enter administration. they had been concerned about the company's finances. so, it's happened, the worst possible outcome? yes, that
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statement has just come through from the civil aviation authority. monarch airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect, leaving 110,000 customers overseas and around 300,000 future bookings cancelled. the civil aviation authority also says they have chartered 30 planes from other airlines who will bring back monarch customers who are currently stranded overseas. what about passengers that booked on flights in the next few days and weeks? if you have booked a package holiday, they have made sure you will be covered and you will get your money back. if it's a flight, thatis your money back. if it's a flight, that is not certain. there are not the same insurance guarantees for people who have only book flights. we have also seen a statement from
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the ceo of monarch that has gone out to all staff. he has apologised, he has particularly identified problems with roots to turkey and egypt which we re with roots to turkey and egypt which were badly affected in the past year by terrorist attacks in those countries. he was saying that was one of the big fat is. he said they have also been hit badly by the week pound, a lot of their revenue comes in in pounds. a lot of expenses go out in dollars. it means they have struggled to make ends meet. it has been a very difficult time, a very competitive market in terms of low—budget shorthaul flight in europe. —— flights. the trial of two women accused of assassinating the estranged half—brother of north korean leader, kimjong—un, has begun in malaysia. the women are charged with killing kimjong—nam by smearing a chemical
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nerve agent on his faith in kuala lumpur airport. they have pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if they're convicted. jonathan head reports. in this grainy airport security video, you just make out what was one of the most audacious assassinations of modern times. the two women who smeared the vx nerve agent on the face of kim jong—nam, half—brother of kimjong—n, were identified: siti aisyah, from indonesia, and doan thi huong, from vietnam. but other parts of the plan remain unknown. at the trial, the two women face charges of murder, which carries the death penalty. but their lawyers say they were duped into believing they were taking part in a televised prank. they intend to plead not guilty. the trial could help to shed light on who organised
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the assassination and how. it's widely presumed that kim jong—nam, estranged from his half brother, kimjong—un, and at times critical of him, was killed on his orders. four north koreans also charged by the malaysian police are still at large, and probably back in north korea. earlier this year, malaysia bowed to pressure from pyongyang, allowing three suspects to go back to their country, along, it's thought, with what is presumed to be kim jong—nam's body. in return, nine malaysian embassy officials and their families were allowed to leave north korean. a once cordial relationship between the two countries was shattered. but it is not clear how much more of this extra ordinary episode malaysia will want to make public. jonathon head, bbc news, bangkok. ten days after puerto rico was devastated by hurricane maria, the situation in the american territory remains desperate. most of the island is still without power and there's a shortage of drinking water, food and fuel.
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there's also deepening political tension over relief efforts as president trump continues to angrily defend the us response on social media. aleem maqbool sent this report from the town of loiza. you see? i lost everything, my home. it took a matter of hours for hurricane maria to tear apart puerto rico and the homes of so many living here. i went with lesley quinones as she surveyed what is left of the place she lived with her five children and granddaughter. what are you going to do? i don't know what i'll do because i don't have money. my family don't have money. i don't know where i'm going. i don't have nothing more. this is all i have right now. this is my only home i have. since the hurricane struck with such devastation, lesley and her family have been living in a makeshift shelter, a school.
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they are getting some food now but for the first nine days they didn't even have mattresses to sleep on. there is no power here or across the vast majority of this island. leslie says help has been slow to arrive and worries where it will come from in the future. i feel depressed, nervous, stressed. you don't see nothing, it's not good. just terrible, just terrible, terrible, terrible. well, there are now thousands of us military and emergency personnel here working hard to help in puerto rico. the complaint among many puerto ricans, though, is that there was too much of a delay after the hurricane before this operation began and not enough of a sense of urgency to begin with. when a us official called the country's response here, in what is an american territory, a "good news story" it caused the mayor of sanjuan to bristle with anger. we are dying here and i cannot fathom the thought
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that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles long. president trump reacted to the criticism by attacking the mayor... the truth is, with no power, mobile communications or television news, few here in puerto rico have any idea about the political wrangling. after all the destruction, millions have far more pressing issues to deal with, like getting through each day until electricity, water and help arrives. aleem maqbool, bbc news, loiza, puerto rico. let's head to finland now —
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and a rather unusual sight in the capital, helsinki. a giant crane could be seen towering over part of the city. this wasn't some major construction project, but rather a new leisure opportunity. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. the finns, like all their nordic cousins, are fond of their saunas. but there are saunas, and then there are saunas. here in helsinki, the winners of a prize draw get to experience high temperatures at a high altitude — 120 metres, in fact — the same height as the sauna any proposed new building, planned for this part of the city. you can feel how it's like to be in sauna in 120 metres, and see the view, the sea, and all the most to tallinn and all these places from the sauna. but you cannot get this kind of feeling anywhere else.
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of course, you can be in a sauna, but with this view, no. things got a little steamy, so to speak, and it seems the panoramic view was worthwhile, even for those who suffer from vertigo. actually, the people who the fear of heights they most of want to make a return because it feels so softly, and, i don't know, maybe it's because it's like, inside a glass, or inside the box, it doesn't feel that bad. so people really enjoyed it, and really want to get it back. so familiar experience in a rather different setting. an apparent success, even if you do need a safety harness. tim allman, bbc news. hong kong was lit up to celebrate china's national day. thousands of people watched the fireworks which were launched from a barge in the middle of victoria harbour. the date marks the founding
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of the people's republic of china on octoberfirst, 19119 and is celebrated throughout mainland china, hong kong and macau. a reminder of our breaking news. the uk's fifth—largest airline, monarch, has gone into administration. there had been concerns about the company's had been concerns about the compa ny‘s finances. all flights had been concerns about the company's finances. all flights have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. a programme has been launched to bring 110,000 monarch airline customers back to the uk. we'll be following that story in the coming hours. stay with us. hello there.
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we had some warmer air for a while on sunday, 20.5 degrees in herefordshire. but we're not going to see those sort of temperatures for a while, because there is air coming down as the wind changes direction to a north—westerly. winds a feature of the weather already. they have been strengthening around the base of the deep area of low pressure that is close to scotland. not only are we seeing the winds picking up, but blowing a whole host of heavy, squally showers, too. wind gusts could be an issue in the morning. possibly some travel disruption, 50 mph gusts around the pennines and perhaps even 60 mph up into scotland. some quite windy weather in the morning in particular. this is probably the peak of the winds across these areas. lots of showers as well. winds easing, showers slowly ease as well. further south, some sunshine before clouding over in the afternoon. we may see some rain in the southwest. here is the picture on monday afternoon. by then, the strongest winds in the far north—east and scotland, a speckling of showers, not as bad as early in the day. drier to the east of the pennines, some gusty winds. more high clouds building
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in further south. the thickness of the cloud in the south—west, not far from south wales, rain. this really is from ex—hurricane maria, not having a big impact. mostly scooping out into the english channel. pressure building overnight, skies were clear. as we head into tuesday, north—westerly wind. not as windy as monday. not as many showers. lighter and probably starting to blow in a bit more cloud. temperatures a degree or two lower than on monday. we had high hopes for this area of high pressure, hoping it would build across the uk. getting squished by these more active weather systems racing in from the atlantic. finding high pressure in the south, lower pressure across the north. gusty winds to the east of higher ground. wettest weather over the hills in western scotland. some rain for northern ireland, most of england and wales should be dry with some sunshine. that rain in the north pushing south for a while. heavy rain close to that area of low pressure on the front itself, but then the weather front moves its way south. as it does so, it weakens. the rain gets stretched out and very much lighter in southern areas through the day. behind it, north—westerly winds,
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again chilly, but it should be drier with some sunshine. this is bbc news, the headlines: in the past few minutes the uk's fifth largest airline, monarch, has gone into administration. it's the uk's largest ever airline to enter administration. the news was announced by the civil aviation authority. there'd been concern about the company's finances. after a day of voting that descended into chaos and violence, regional leaders in catalonia say more than 2 million people,
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90% of those who voted in a banned referendum, were in favour of independence from spain. the prime minister, mariano rajoy, has called the poll illegal. canadian police have arrested a somali refugee suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in edmonton, alberta. the police officer was controlling traffic at a canadian football league game, when he was struck by a car at high speed now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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